In June, a joint investigation into a large-scale meth trafficking organization was initiated in North Wilkesboro by the North Wilkesboro Police Department, Wilkesboro Police Department, North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation and Homeland Security Investigations.
Juan M. Sebastian, 55, of North Wilkesboro, was arrested with two kilograms of meth. The investigation continued and on Friday, Aug. 8, NWPD conducted a traffic stop as part of the investigation. One-hundred kilograms of meth were seized from the vehicle and an additional six kilograms and several weapons were seized as part of a search warrant at a residence in Wilkes County.
This joint investigation was accomplished with the teamwork of numerous agencies to effectively work a case of this magnitude. The agencies include: NWPD, WPD, Boone PD, Mooresville PD, Jonesville PD, Alexander County Sheriff’s Office, Ashe County Sheriff’s Office, Surry County Sheriff’s Office, Watauga County Sheriff’s Office, Wilkes County Sheriff’s Office, Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, NC SBI and Homeland Security Investigations.
Sebastian has been charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, two counts of conspiring to traffic methamphetamine, two counts of maintaining a residence/vehicle for selling methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.
Lucia C. Avila, 31, of North Wilkesboro, has been charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, conspiring to traffic methamphetamine, maintaining a residence for selling methamphetamine, possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine and misdemeanor child abuse.
Adriana Gomez, 32, of Mount Airy, has been charged with two counts of trafficking methamphetamine, conspiring to traffic methamphetamine, maintaining a vehicle for selling methamphetamine and possession with intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.
Jorge E. Gomez, 30, is a federal fugitive and law enforcement asking anyone with information about his whereabouts to contact the Surry County Sheriff’s Office, North Wilkesboro Police Department, the NC State Bureau of Investigation or the Department of Homeland Security.
“After conferring with the NC SBI in Raleigh, it is believed that this is the largest amount of methamphetamine ever seized in the Western District and is one of the largest seizures ever in North Carolina,” North Wilkesboro Police Chief Joe Rankin said. “The total weight of the methamphetamine seized is over 220 pounds and has a street value of over $2 million. These arrests are the result of many hours of investigative work between all of the above listed agencies and would not have been possible without cooperation between every agency. It is a perfect example of local, state and federal resources working together to provide safe communities for our residents. These are large scale drug traffickers who we believe are responsible for the distribution of hundreds of kilos of methamphetamine in our communities over the last year. We are continuing our efforts to combat the drug epidemic by prosecuting those who are involved in selling these dangerous substances, and the partnership with these other agencies are critical for these operations. I am ecstatic that we were able to seize this large amount of methamphetamine and prevent it from reaching our streets. Undoubtedly this will save many lives and countless families from heartbreak. The prevention of illegal drug activity in North Wilkesboro is, and will continue to be, one of our highest priorities.”
“These charges are the result of great teamwork to interrupt the flow of dangerous drugs into our area,” Wilkesboro Police Chief Craig Garris said. “The scourge of methamphetamine ruins the health of the user and destroys families. We will continue to aggressively pursue those who refuse to be positive contributors to society and bring them to justice. Thanks goes out to all who have helped and will continue to help our investigations.”